Windsor's historic buildings tell the story of a thriving agricultural community more than 125-years-old. They are a key element of Windsor's unique identity and provide residents with a special sense of place.
Learn more about Windsor's history, including it's participation in the sugar beet industry, the historic Halfway House and its German-Russian lineage.
Historic Preservation Commission
Windsor's Historic Preservation Commission is comprised of five members appointed by the Town Board to serve the community by identifying and preserving the Town's historic resources. Members work with property owners to protect the historic - built environment through a local landmark program, educational programming and through public outreach to promote historic preservation and preservation of the history of Windsor.
For information on upcoming meetings, minutes, agendas and member information, please visit the Historic Preservation Commission page.
Virtual Historic Windsor Walking Tour
Access the tour here!
The Historic Preservation Commission has developed digital walking tours of downtown's historic structures and sites and of Windsor's historic churches. The 1 mile downtown tour will loop you through the Town's historic business core, while providing you with brief historical and architectural information about each site. The church tour traces the historic architectural and cultural development of Windsor through the lens of these religious institutions in a 2.2 mile loop. It can be shortened to around 1 mile by skipping or driving to the last two stops.
The tours may be viewed using your phone, tablet or computer. Please note that homes on the tours are not open to the public and businesses and churches may or may not be open to the public. Please respect private property and be courteous when participating in the Historic Windsor Walking Tour.
Historic Landmark Program
The purpose and intent of the Historic Preservation Ordinance is to provide for the protection and preservation of the Town's historic and cultural resources. Land marked properties are recognized for their historical, architectural, and/or geographical significance in Windsor's history.
For additional information about the Historic Preservation Ordinance, please visit Chapter 16, Article 28 of the Municipal Code.
- Formal recognition of a property’s importance to the history of Windsor and the state of Colorado.
- A sense of community history and local pride.
- Eligibility to compete for grants from Colorado’s State Historical Fund (for properties on the Colorado State Register).
These grants may be used for acquisition and development, education, and survey and planning projects.
- Eligibility to apply for state tax credits for restoration, rehabilitation, or preservation (for properties on the Colorado State Register).
- Instructions for completing the Designation of a Historic Landmark Application (PDF)
- Designation of a Historic Landmark Application (PDF)
- Certificate of Alteration Application (PDF)
- National Register
- History Colorado
- Colorado Preservation, Inc.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- National Alliance of Preservation Commissions
List of Windsor's local state and national register landmarks.
Surveyed and Inventoried Properties
2019 Walnut Street Residential SurveyIn 2018-2019, the town partnered with a graduate class from Colorado State University to complete a historical and architectural inventory of select homes on Walnut Street.
- PowerPoint (PDF) summary of findings
- The full survey will be posted here later in 2019
2016 Church and Sugar Beet Factory SurveyIn 2016, the town partnered with a graduate class from Colorado State University to complete a historical and architectural inventory on eight historic churches and the remains of the old sugar beet factory.
- 15 East Walnut Street - Great Western Sugar Company Chimney (PDF)
- 25 East Walnut Street - Great Western Sugar Company Storage Building and Silos (PDF)
- 102 Elm Street - Windsor Church of Christ (PDF)
- 129 Walnut Street - True North Church (PDF)
- 328 Walnut Street - Bethel Lutheran Church (PDF)
- 503 Walnut Street - First United Methodist Church (PDF)
- 530 Walnut Street - First Christian Church of Windsor (PDF)
- 311 6th Street - Saint Albans Episcopal Church (PDF)
- 1020 Walnut Street - Faith United Church of Christ (PDF)
- 416 Oak Street - Greeley Church of the Living God (Iglesia un Nuevo Amanecer) (PDF)
2010 Downtown Survey
In 2010 Historitecture, LLC, was contracted to complete an inventory of all properties in Windsor's historic, two-block downtown; an historical and architectural context; and the development of an interpretive documentary.